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The largest city in Eastern Senegal, Tambacounda feels more like a large, bustling village. It's a gateway to the lush, beautiful and largely unexplored mountains and lakes of the area. Only a half hour away is Niokolo-Koba National Park, where many monkeys, rhinos and exotic bird species can be spotted.
Banjul, filled with charming colonial buildings and one of the largest seaside markets in West Africa, exudes an irresistible charm. It has many historical monuments and is -- save for some pickpocketing at Albert Market -- overall safe for tourists to walk around.
Despite its many potholes and unreliable electricity, Bissau is a charming and colorful capital. The people are friendly -- even if not as outwardly so as in some West African countries -- and hospitable. There is a lot of tasty and unusual food and drink (ie. "grey wine" made from the ubiquitous local cashews). Most nicer restaurants and all hotels are overpriced, but still a bargain by Western standards.
Whether you're here for one of their candlelit dinners or the all-you-can-eat buffet on Sundays, Kopps never falls to please both the vegan and meat-eating crowds. It's a bit on the pricey side, but worth the splurge, especially for options such as the butternut squash ravioli with a lemon sauce or mushroom gnocchi with a thyme cream sauce. The sprawling brunch buffet offer vegan variants of popular dishes such as a tofu scramble and eggless French toast.
Dakar is a hectic but vibrant city situated on a Peninsula. There's a constant chaotic flow of traffic that includes not just cars but animals and peddlers selling stuff. Despite its annoyances, it's worth visiting: you'll eat cheap, tasty street food, hear great live music and be welcomed by friendly locals.